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LOS ELEMENTOS - LITERES
Sara Rosique - soprano // Luanda Siqueira - soprano
Lidia Vinyes - mezzo // Marina Pardo - mezzo
Donato di Gioia - baritone //Adrián Schvazrstein - staging
7 September 2013
Taking its name from a prevalent theme of the age of Louis XIV, Le Tendre Amour is based in Barcelona, though its members are originally from many corners of the world. Since their beginning, the emphasis has been in creating unusual programs, always with the aim of pleasing audiences of all ages.
The ensemble, directed and organized by Katy Elkin and Esteban Mazer, has performed in top early music festivals in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, France, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Spain. In 2008 Le Tendre Amour was awarded the prize for best interpretation at the Varazdin Baroque Evenings festival (Croatia) for their program of Jewish baroque music.
Over the past few years, their artistic interest has turned towards the field of chamber opera, although they continue performing various repertoires in their original format of seven musicians. (See our “Programs” page for details). Le Tendre Amour has recorded a CD of sacred French cantatas for the label K617 (France) called Le Passage de la Mer Rouge. Their next release is a CD of English music called “All in a Garden Green” for the label Brillant Classics (Holland), available March 2012.
REVIEW RITMO MAGAZINE: All in a garden green
El sonido es fantástico, la ejecución a la altura de culaquier prestigioso consort y la tensión del disco...
Prize for Los Elementos
The name of the Spanish baroque composer Antonio Literes (1673 – 1757) has so far been unknown to us, and we dare to assert that in this respect we are not alone. However, after the guest appearance of the ensemble Le Tendre Amour...
REVIEW: Chagiga Yehudit in Bramsche, Germany.
„Le Tendre Amour“ waren stets dazu in der Lage, die besinnlich-freudvolle Intention der jüdischen Fest- und Feiertagsstücke ins Hier und Jetzt zu transportieren.
Concert of the program "Chagiga Yehudit" in the concert series of "Kloster Malgarten"
4 March 2012
REVIEW: ESTHER IN SABADELL
Intèrprets admirables Maria Hinojosa va estar brillant, potser més i tot del que es podia esperar, al quadre final (recitatiu, ària i cabaletta) que justifica l’obra, una d’aquelles de compositors oblidats on la música antiga obre sorpreses. Àgil fins extrems vertiginosos,amb un timbre vellutat magnific i, cosa no menys d’apreciar, compenetrada amb l’igualment admirable quintet i el narrador-baríton que l’acompanyaven.
Concert of the program "Esther" in the concert series of "Joventuts Musicals de Sabadell"
Concert of the program "Stylus Fantasticus" in the Ciclo de Música Antigua concert series in Llinars de Vallès. Concert at 18h at the Sant Joan de Sanata church. Roger Padullès - tenor, Adriana Alcaide - violin, Lixsania Fernández - viola da gamba, Esteban Mazer - harpsichord.
Concert of the program "Stylus Fantasticus" in the concert series in Sant Llorenç de Morunys. Concert at 18h at the Monegal. Roger Padullés - tenor, Adriana Alcaide - violin, Lixsania Fernández - viola da gamba, Esteban Mazer - harpsichord. www.monegal.com/portal/conciertos
A demo presentation of Antonio de Literes´ c. 1713 opera "Los Elementos". Production at the Trigonale festival, St. Veit, Austria, by ensemble Le Tendre Amour. Staging Adrián Schvarzstein. Audio and video recorded in concert September 17, 2011.
REVIEW: PRODUCTION LOS ELEMENTOS (A. LITERES)
“A Fascinating Whirlwind: Los Elementos mixed baroque music with a bit of humor in a very lively performance at the Trigonale festival. Le Tendre Amour captivated St. Veit with Los Elementos by Antonio de Literes. Street theater and circus director Adrián Schvarzstein created the framework for directing the tumultuous sequence of twelve arias, which are divided among the four allegorical elements plus time. They charmed the audience with slapstick action while…”
NEW PRODUCTION: LOS ELEMENTOS
Concert to be produced and performed in St Veit, Austria as part of the Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik. This chamber opera by Antonio Literes (c. 1718) will be performed with 4 sopranos, 1 baritone, 8 musicians, and actor Adrián Schvarzstein as scene director. www.trigonale.com
RECORDING SESSION FOR BRILLIANT CLASSICS
The recording session for our upcoming release on Brilliant Classics (Holland) took place in Llinars de Vallès, Catalunya in the Hermita St Joan de Sanata. The disc will present our program of English music and dance called “All in a Garden Green.” The CD is set to be released in March of 2012. Nina Akerblom-Nielsen - soprano, Adriana Alcaide - violin, Sébastien Perrin - traverso, Katy Elkin - oboe, Lixsania Fernández - viola da gamba, Krishnasol Jiménez - theorbo and guitar, Esteban Mazer - harpsichord.
REVIEW: PRODUCTION LA SERVA PADRONA (G.B.PERGOLESI)
La Serva Padrona: a perfect 10 – Ramón Gener "Yesterday, I went to the Teatro de Sarrià to see the second and unfortunately the last performance of the intermezzo “La Serva Padrona” by Giovanni Batista Pergolesi. I will already tell you that the performance earned a perfect 10 in every aspect, and I must say I had more fun than I ever had before in a comic opera..."
PRODUCTION AND CONCERTS: LA SERVA PADRONA
G. B. Pergolesi´s La Serva Padrona will take center stage in the Teatro de Sarrià in Barcelona on April 9th and 10th, 2011. Isabel Rodríguez and Donato Di Gioia, soloists, with Adrián Schvarzstein as stage director. .
CONCERT: LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
Rousseau´s intermedio Le Devin du Village arrives to Sint Truiden, Belgium on March 8th, 2011 at the Academiezaal. (www.academiezaal.be/nl) Soloists: María Hinojosa, soprano, Bernard Hansky, baritone, Leif Aruhn-Solén, tenor. Stage direction: Adrián Schvarzstein.
8 March 2011
CONCERT : ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN
Our all-English music program “All in a Garden Green” will be performed in Vilnius, Lithuania, as part of the Banchetto Musicale festival. The concert will take place in St. Catherine Church. For more information, visit: www.bmfestival.lt. .
27 September 2010
CONCERT: LA DIVINE PRÉCIOSITÉ – PARODIES SPIRITUELLES
A concert of « parodies spirituelles » with music and texts by Bacilly, Clérambault, Hotteterre, Racine, and Corneille will take place in the Musica Sacra festival in Maastricht, Holland at the Kapel Zusters onder de Bogen. For more information, visit: www.musicasacramaastricht.nl.
17 Sept 2010
CONCERT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH ANCIENT SCRIPTURES
A concert of Jewish baroque music by composers Caceres, Lidarti, Marcello, will take place in the Varna City Art Gallery as part of the Varna International Summer Music Festival on July 1, 2010. For more information, visit: www.varnasummerfest.org.
1 July 2011
REVIEW: LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
Captivating performance of Rousseau´s stroke of genius - "The concierge does not want to let the ensemble le Tendre Amour into the Rossini-Saal in Bad Kissingen. Without further ado the musicians and actors subdue the warden and bind him. Thus they make it to the stage – and the opera begins. That´s how the lively theater-evening started, in which the internationally renowned baroque ensemble Le Tendre Amour performed J. J. Rousseau´s one-act opera “Le Devin du Village”. What followed was a display of musical and scenic fireworks...."
CONCERT: LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
Le Devin du Village strikes again- this time at the Winterzauber festival in Bad, Kissingen Germany on January 5th, 2010. The concert will take place in the Rossini Hall at 19.30. Visit www.kissingerwinterzauber.de for more information. Soloists María Hinojosa, Leif Aruhn-Solén, and Enric Martíniz-Castignani. Scene director Adrián Schvarzstein.
5 January 2010
NEW VIDEO : LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
A demo presentation of J.J. Rousseau´s 1752 intermedio "Le Devin du Village". Production at the Styriarte festival, Graz, Austria, by ensemble Le Tendre Amour. Staging Adrián Schvarzstein. Audio and video recorded in concert July 24, 2010.
REVIEWS : RECORDING LE PASSAGE DE LA MER ROUGE
"This disc [K617 - Le Passage de la Mer Rouge] deserves nothing but praise. First of all, we get acquainted here with a little-known genre...nothing of Bousset has ever been recorded before. Also highly commendable is the fact that the pronunciation of the French texts is strictly historical. Luanda Siqueira has a beautiful voice, and sings with great understanding and much expression...."
RECORDING RELEASE - LE PASSAGE DE LA MER ROUGE
Recorded in July 2009 in Sarrebourg, France for the label K617, our first CD titled « Le Passage de la Mer Rouge » will be released in November 2009. The recording is of the rare genre of French sacred cantatas by composers J. de la Guerre, du Bousset, and Brossard. Soloist soprano Luanda Siqueira.
REVIEW: CONCERT "LE DIVINE PRÉCIOSITÉ"
“From the dark aisle of the church, a voice rose, and the narrator walked forward with a candle in her hand, quoting from a text by Jean Racine. Then from the dark depths of the Cathedral a soprano softly sang as an introduction to the instrumental ensemble, “Le Tendre Amour”. Songs about Fear, Virtue, Hope, and Joy – the four parts of the evening – were by composers such as JB Lully and F Couperin. Luanda Siqueira – a beautiful, crystal clear, flexible soprano…”
CONCERT: PARODIES SPIRITUELLES
As part of the Kultur Raum Kirche concert series, Le Tendre Amour will present a concert of parodies spirituelles on November 6 2009 in the Cathedral in Maria Saal (Austria) entitled "Le Divine Préciosité: Parodies Spirituelles". Music by Lully, Couperin, Clérambault, with texts by Racine, Corneille. Narrator Chris Pichler, soprano soloist Luanda Siqueira.
6 November 2009
REVIEW: ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN
"Closing the 10th Samobor music festival this year was a performance by early music ensemble Le Tendre Amour from Barcelona with the program All in a Garden Green, which caused great audience approval in the Samobor Franciscan church on 10th October. Various combinations of instrumentation, a creative selection of repertoire, refined performance, and passionately dedicated members of this specialized ensemble, opened a rich array of emotional and spiritual nuances of beautiful music to the listener".
12 Sept 2009
CONCERT: ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN
Le Tendre Amour will present an all-English music program “All in a Garden Green” as part of the Güldener Herbst festival in Auerstedt, Germany on October 11, 2009 in the Maloca im Schlosspark. Information: www.amt-ev.de.
11 Oct 2009
CONCERT: ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN
Le Tendre Amour will present the English music program “All in a Garden Green” as part of the Samobor Music festival in Samobor, Croatia on October 10, 2009 in the Franciscan Church. Information: www.pousamobor.hr.
10 Oct 2009
REVIEWS: LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
This year, Styriarte finished its festival with an enchanting show in the Eggenberg Castle. Theater artist Adrián Schvarzstein staged the ensemble “Le Tendre Amour” as a motley crew which authentically brought “Le Devin du Village” to life, a work in one act by Jean Jacques Rousseau that is about love´s happiness and confusion. Schvarzstein and the three singers were brilliant in their interaction with the audience, and Thomas Höft acted as the flustered owner of the castle: delightful scenes which almost distracted from the outstanding orchestra performing ….
PRODUCTION AND CONCERT: LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
Le Tendre Amour will close the 2009 Styriarte festival with their new production « Le Devin du Village » by composer (and philosopher) J.J. Rousseau. Soloists María Hinojosa, Leif Aruhn-Solén, and Enric Martínez-Castignani are joined by Adrián Schvarzstein as scene director and actor. Concert at the Eggenburg castle on July 26, 2009.
26 July 2009
REVIEW: LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE
RECORDING AND CONCERT: LE PASSAGE DE LA MER ROUGE On July 13, 2009, Le Tendre Amour will present a concert in the Eglise Reformée in Sarrebourg, France of the recently recorded (for K617) program of French cantates spirituelles entitled « Le Passage de la Mer Rouge ». This concert is part of the 22nd International festival of Musique Ancienne at the Couvent in Sarrebourg. Soloist Luanda Siqueira. Sound technician: Jean-Michel Olivares.
13 July 2009
CONCERT AND REVIEW: ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN
“Baroque music is far from being old-fashioned and boring, as this has already often been proven. And baroque music is also surprising – which is exactly what happened in the Saint Pölten Baroque Festival last Saturday. Le Tendre Amour, a quite young and completely international ensemble, was invited to perform the opening concert of the festival which took place in the Old Synagogue.”.
27 May 2009
St Pölten, Austria
CONCERT: ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN
Le Tendre Amour will present their new all-English program “All in a Garden Green” as part of the Musica Antigua festival in Palma de Mallorca in the Església dels Sagrats Cors on Saturday, May 23, 2009. Soloist Nina Akerblom-Nielsen. Production and concert presentation on May 14, 2009 in the Sant Pau del Camp church in Barcelona, Spain.
23 May 2009
Palma de Mallorca,
REVIEW: LE PASSAGE DE LA MER ROUGE
A different kind of concert : within the cultural activities presented by the Casa Sefarad Israel this March was the concert « Le Passage de la Mer Rouge, » which, with its texts in French and Hebrew, fit well into their theme. The music was of practically unknown composers, and if it were not for these musicians who are dedicated to historical interpretation – this repertoire would never be heard”….
26 March 2009
REVIEW: CHAGIGA YEHUDIT – JEWISH CELEBRATIONS
The second aperitif took place in Varaždin’s St Nicholas church (17 Sept) and featured one of the most impressive of the festival’s visiting groups, the Barcelona based Le Tendre Amour, with members from France, Spain, Argentina and the USA. Their programme of Music for Jewish Celebrations reflected the fact that Israel was a key supporting partner for this year’s festival (in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel), with Jewish music featuring in a number of programmes.
2 December 2008
Early Music Review,
AWARD: VARAZDIN BAROQUE EVENINGS FESTIVAL
“ JURICA MURAI PRIZE FOR THE ENSEMBLE LE TENDRE AMOUR The jury comprising Zdenka Weber, Ph.D. as chairwoman and Ella Murai, Višnja Požgaj, Dada Ruža and Vladimir Ščedrov as members, at the meeting on September 28, 2008, reached the decision by the majority vote to award the Jurica Murai Prize for the best interpretation at the 38th Varaždin Baroque Evenings to the ensemble Le Tendre Amour….
28 September 2008